Gooseberries

Gooseberries

Ribes hirtellum
The hirtellum species of gooseberry are the american version, as opposed to the larger european version. The berries produced on these cultivars is about grape-sized, occasionally a bit larger, and have the texture and consistency as one of those seedless supermarket grapes (you know the ones with no nutrutional value whatsoever). These guys are full of vitamins, extremely cold hardy and easy to grow. Good tart fresh eating, they are even better frozen and eaten on a hot day, a good substitute for popsicles for the little folks. A treatise could be written on the culinary possibilities of this fruit, starting with gooseberry pie. All gooseberries start out green, tart and crispy, but they all ripen to a soft and sweet berry later in the season. You’ll pick the when they are right for your own palate.
Potted plants 1-3 gallon sizes: $15 – 18
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